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Yasiin Bey “N***as in Poorest”

Posted: February 24, 2012 by trggradio in Activism, Malcolm X, Mos Def/Yasiin Bey

Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) – Niggas in Poorest from Highsnobiety on Vimeo.

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On this episode (in two parts) we continue our discussion of the life and politics of Malcolm X with Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We discuss his own turn toward Malcolm, the history and politics of reparations, and a brief history of Harlem nationalism(s) in the 1980s. We began the show in conversation with Josh from TRGGR who called in to give a brief review of the Malcolm panel held at the Schomburg Center on Malcolm’s 86th birthday, May 19th. (See related post below; commentary by Christian Waterman).

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American life freezes for one day each year to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but May 19th tends to pass with little, if any, fanfare. However, those pursuing the protracted struggle for freedom in the United States must stop to remember El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz for his excellence and contributions to the movement for black liberation.

A rich, diverse crowd descended on the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located in Harlem, NY, for the annual celebration titled “Malcolm X: The Evolution of a Black Revolutionary,” presented by the Malcolm X Museum.

This year, Malcolm has reemerged into the mainstream consciousness with the release of Manning Marable’s biography, “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.” It has been described by some as the definitive tale of Malcolm’s life, including a few renowned black scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Michael Eric Dyson, and Cornel West. When brought under a critical lens, this book has egregious errors and misappropriations that could dilute Malcolm’s true essence if left unchecked. (more…)


On this episode (in two parts) we continue our discussion of Malcolm X’s life and history with Professor Bill Strickland who teaches Political Science in the W.E.B. Du Bois department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We discussed aspects of the late Manning Marable’s Book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, as well as Malcolm’s time in Roxbury and some of the difficulties he faced trying to establish the Muslim Mosque Incorporated and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Professor Strickland is a founding member of the independent black think tank, the Institute of the Black World. Strickland was a consultant to both series of the prize-winning documentary on the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize , and the senior consultant on the PBS documentary, Malcolm X : Make It Plain. He also wrote the companion book. Most recently, Professor Strickland was a consultant on the Louis Massiah film on W.E.B. Du Bois: W.E.B. Du Bois : A Biography in Four Voices.

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TRGGR with Prof. Bill Strickland, Part 2

Posted: May 16, 2011 by trggradio in Activism, Malcolm X, Politics


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